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  1. It appears we have enough folks that are interested and willing to attend. I will attempt to record this webinar and make it freely available after the fact. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation...so if you attend live, you will have the opportunity to ask a question. Therefore, I can confirm that Thursday, October 21st at 8 p.m. EDT (0000Z, October 22nd) will be the date and time of this webinar sponsored by EZWxBrief. The webinar should last 50 minutes with a 10 minute Q&A. Here is the link to the Zoom meeting: Topic: 2021 Mooney Summit presentation on weather sponsored by EZWxBrief Time: Oct 21, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://uncc.zoom.us/j/98368886764?pwd=Qk9nRHdoeG4wUVhVUDJHU1ptejhQUT09 Meeting ID: 983 6888 6764 Passcode: 946402 Keep an eye out in this thread for any changes to the schedule.
  2. I can't promise it will be recorded, but that is the goal. If all the planets line up and the technology works, I may be able to make it available to the group a week or so after the presentation (depending on my current workload).
  3. Yes, there are many...too many to fit into a one hour webinar. Maybe a full day webinar, but not an hour. Actually, I will be discussing two specific ones that tend to stand out based on my experience teaching weather to pilots for the last 25 years.
  4. I was looking forward to this year's Mooney Summit. Really bummed it was postponed. Nevertheless, I still wanted to hold the presentation I had planned to do, but virtually. I don't have a solid date and time yet, but thinking Thursday, October 21st at 8 p.m. EDT...will post the official time here once I can solidify my schedule. I'll be more than happy to do this assuming I can get a good number to attend (say 30 or more). If there's very little interest, I won't bother. So, please add a "Thanks" or "Like" to this post if you are interested so I can get a feeling for the number of you that might be willing to attend.
  5. Yes, in a light aircraft this is what you would experience flying through this area today. EZWxBrief shows EDR values of 55 which is approaching extreme turbulence. One of the reasons these aircraft fly at 10K is to avoid getting into any significant airframe ice. These storms tend to dish out some heavy icing and SLD. It's pretty cool that you can see the "hump" in the isotherms with higher temps right in the eye of the storm. And here's some extreme turbulence showing up as the weather system passed right by KGAO.
  6. The NTSB preliminary report has been posted for this accident. Read it here. Not a lot of new information in the report, but some info on the debris field and examination of the wreckage that might be of interest.
  7. The AOPA Aviator Showcases are being held in Manassas, VA and Fort Worth, TX on August 27th and October 1st, respectively. I believe attendee registration is required (no walk ups). If you are attending one of these, I’ll be doing a presentation at both events in the morning. Stop by and say hello.
  8. This depends on the data you are plotting (e.g., RAOB vs Model), temperature of the environment (cold vs warm stratus) and type of cloud type (cumuliform vs stratiform). What I posted for this accident was a RAOB, so it will very accurately depict the bases and the tops of the clouds since the sensor measures 100% RH as it ascends through the cloud. It is quite common, however, in a stratocumulus cloud deck for there to be fairly moist conditions above the deck, but still have a very highly capped scenario where the clouds do not have vertical growth. Here's an example. Notice the solid deck below and the rather dispersed clouds just above. In this case, the air above the stratocu deck was likely very moist nearing saturation. Nevertheless, it's pretty clear in the ROAB in my blog post that the tops of the primary cloud deck were defined reasonably well around 2,800 feet MSL. Could there have been a very dispersed area above? Possibly, but not very likely. When looking at model forecasts on the Skew-T (called a forecast sounding), you can have very similar profiles for stratiform clouds, but cumuliform clouds are a different beast altogether. The Skew-T only predicts the environment for which the can grow, not the clouds themselves. So you can have a broken area of fair weather cumulus several thousand feet deep or even towering cumulus and they won't likely show up on a forecast sounding like you might think. That's because they are created through ascending air. For that, you need to lift a parcel of air to determine their extent.
  9. Yes, statocu will have a lumpy appearance (quilt-like) on top. Essentially if the air below has enough momentum (it was pretty unstable below the cloud base), it might overshoot (momentum) a little bit which creates that lumpy look (think about a pot of boiling water). So it's possible that you may see some areas a few hundred feet deeper. Pretty negligible though.
  10. I can guarantee you that in the NTSB final report, the investigators will use this RAOB when defining the weather at the time of the accident. Heck, they sometimes will use RAOBs that are 100 miles away and many hours prior (or after). So this will be the investigator's dream come true with respect to getting accurate data close to the time of the accident. But it's still funny to read on a few of those "other" aviation boards pilots trying to suggest that this was due to some kind of microburst event or that the layer of clouds was several thousand feet deep. Ugh!
  11. Also an emergency checklist may also help with some of that overload in some circumstances...as well as practicing emergency procedures. Over the last 25 years of flying, I've had my share of weirdness happen in an airplane in IMC and I'd have to say, the checklist was invaluable in all those situations.
  12. Agreed. Even with a shallow descent rate it should have taken less than 30 seconds to descend through a 600 ft layer of relatively smooth air without some kind of extenuating circumstances (e.g. control surface failure, incapacitation, etc.).
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